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[liberationtech] Non-commercial Event prior to ICANN meeting in SF

Rafik Dammak rafik.dammak at
Wed Feb 16 00:17:09 PST 2011

Hello Everyone,

I am sharing with you this press release and hope that you can attend this
event especially if you are interested by internet governance and issues
related to ICANN.



twitter: @rafik

*NCUC at ICANN: Internet Governance and the Global Public Interest*

11 March 2011 – Westin St. Francis Hotel -- San Francisco

*Public Interest Groups to Discuss Controversial Plans to Add New Domains at
San Francisco ICANN Meeting Pre-Event*

*craigslist Founder Craig Newmark to Keynote Internet Policy Conference*

  ( - San Francisco)  ICANN’s Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) is
pleased to host a policy conference*“NCUC at ICANN: Internet Governance and the
Global Public Interest”*on Friday 11 March 2011 at the Westin St. Francis
Hotel at Union Square in San Francisco.

The all-day civil society policy conference will be held immediately before
the 40th International ICANN Meeting takes place at the same historic hotel
in San Francisco over the next week.  NCUC’s conference is targeted at
international Internet governance participants, as well as Bay Area law and
policy experts, digital rights activists and other civil society
organizations concerned with Internet governance policies.

*“NCUC at ICANN: Internet Governance and the Global Public Interest” *will
explore a number of Internet policy issues in which NCUC is engaged,
including panel discussions on censorship, privacy, intellectual property
rights and domain name take-downs.  Panelists will examine the appropriate
role for national governments vis-à-vis other stakeholders in Internet
governance.  The conference will also consider ICANN’s ability to address
the concerns of developing countries and serve the global public interest.

Internet entrepreneur Craig Newmark, founder of the popular website will deliver a keynote address at the conference during
lunch.  For many years, he has been a vocal advocate of free expression on
the Internet, and a strong supporter of many nonprofits that work, online
and offline, to serve and unite people worldwide.

"ICANN's work in the area of Internet freedom is vital to the future of all
enterprises online, and I'm pleased to be a part of this important program,"
said Newmark.

ICANN Chairman of the Board of Directors Peter Dengate Thrush will deliver
the closing remarks at the NCUC policy conference. Former ICANN Board Member
Karl Auerbach will lead a discussion on the emerging issue of an independent
compatible domain name system and the challenges and opportunities such
services provide for Internet users.

The conference is free and open to the public, but advance
registration<> is
required to attend.  NCUC plans to webcast the policy conference and provide
online remote participation for those who cannot attend in person on 11
March in San Francisco.

The conference host, NCUC, represents more than 200 non-commercial
organizations and individuals engaged in Internet policymaking within
ICANN’s Non-Commercial Stakeholder Group (NCSG).  NCUC’s membership includes
educational institutions, human rights groups, religious institutions,
development-oriented nonprofit organizations, consumer groups, individuals
and other non-commercial participants.

For more information on the NCUC conference, including a detailed discussion
agenda, speaker list and
visit the website <> or email conference
organizer Robin GrossRobin at

NCUC at ICANN Conference Website:

Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) Website:

ICANN’s 40th International Meeting Website:
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